Hartley Botanic partners with RHS to find school gardeners of the year

TALENTED young gardeners can help win their schools a greenhouse worth up to £10,000 thanks to a competition between a top local manufacturer and the Royal Horticultural Society.

Hartley Botanic, based in Greenfield, has begun a new partnership with the RHS to support their School Gardeners of the Year competition.

And the historic greenhouse and glasshouse manufacturer, which has its entire product range endorsed by the RHS, will give two of its handmade structures (one worth up to £10,000) to the winning schools.

The RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition, now in its eighth year, is a nationwide search for the next generation of star school gardeners.

It aims to communicate and encourage the many benefits of school gardening by shining a light on how young people are getting involved as well as teachers bringing growing to life.

Tom Barry, Managing Director of Hartley Botanic said: “We are passionate about equipping our customers to experience the joy of greenhouse growing and to pass this on to their children and grandchildren.

“With our greenhouses and glasshouses truly standing the test of time, we know for many of our customers a Hartley is something to be used and enjoyed across the generations.

“The RHS School Gardeners of the Year competition is a great way for young people from a variety of backgrounds and locations to experience gardening first-hand.

“We hope the handmade, Hartley Botanic glasshouses and patio greenhouses we will be awarding the winning schools will extend this beyond the competition, and for many years to come.”

Schools entering this year’s competition will be judged in three categories: RHS Young School Gardener of the Year, RHS School Gardening Team of the Year and RHS School Gardening Champion of the Year.

Winners of the School Gardening Team of the Year will receive a handmade Hartley Botanic Greenhouse or Glasshouse of their choice, worth up to £10,000.

Individual winners of the Young School Gardener of the Year and the School Champion of the Year will receive a Hartley Botanic patio glasshouse.

Alana Cama, RHS Skills Development Manager at the RHS said: “We are thrilled to be working with Hartley Botanic for this year’s competition.

“The competition highlights what a difference gardening can make to young people’s lives, whether it’s improving their health and mental well-being, enriching curriculum learning or opening their eyes to a love of gardening that will stay with them as they grow older.

“The winners will be able to enjoy their passion for growing all year round thanks to their Hartley Botanic greenhouse prize.”

The competition is open to all UK schools registered to the RHS Campaign for School Gardening.

Schools not yet registered can register for free online: rhs.org.uk/schoolgardening

Schools can enter online at https://schoolgardening.rhs.org.uk/sgoty19 before 5pm on Wednesday, April 24, 2019.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to produce a short video in support of their entry which is used by the judging panel to pick the winners. The winners will be announced in June.

All Hartley Botanic’s greenhouses and glasshouses are handmade, bespoke and made to order. Find out more online www.hartley-botanic.co.uk or call 01457 819 155.

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